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Jesse James and Kat Von D Split

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Jesse James and Kat Von D have split up, it was announced last night. The couple were engaged and had been planning to get married on their one-year anniversary this summer.

The motorcycle entrepreneur, who was married to Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock for five years until 2010, has split from the tattoo model. The former couple blamed the struggles of a long-distance relationship for the split. Kat is based in Los Angeles, while Jesse raises his kids Chandler (16), Jesse Jr. (17) and Sunny (7), in Austin, Texas.

Kat Von D issued a statement about the break-up of the relationship on her Twitter account on Monday night.

She said, “I am no longer with Jesse, and out of respect for him, his family and myself, that’s all the info I’d like to share. Thanks for respecting that.”

Jesse James and Kay Von D got together as a couple after Jesse’s messy divorce from Sandra Bullock. The couple announced their engagement in January.

The break up has come as a surprise to many of their friends, family and people who saw them around town. An eye witness has revealed how he saw them just a couple nights ago together in Hollywood at The Counter.

“They seemed really happy,” the eyewitness said. “It’s surprising that they broke up.”

Jesse James has not yet said anything about the break-up either in person or on his Twitter account. However, Kat also sent a message to Jesse’s daughter Chandler via the social networking site. The messages read, “kisses to both of you!!!” and  Chandler’s response was all in emoticons: those of a sad face and broken heart.

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